Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentine Shaker Card

Hello friends! Welcome to my project for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge.  I am hosting this week's challenge, Valentine Hearts!  I want to see your Valentine projects - cards, layouts, vinyl, or home decor - featuring Cricut cut hearts!

My project this week is this Valentine Shaker Card.  I have not made many shaker cards, so I am never very quick with them.  This card was no exception.

I used Cricut Basic Shapes and three additional Cricut cartridges to craft this card.  The basic card shape and the matting layers were cut using the square on Basic Shapes.  The eyelet trimmed hearts, which layers together to make the shaker section, was cut using the Sweethearts cartridge.  The word love came from Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art.  And the Cricut drawing was from Photo Fun - Holiday Memories, the Floral Paisley Drawing, edited using the Contour (remove) feature.

I used confetti from my scrap stash, meticulously picking out the red, pink, and aqua heart sequins, as well as red and pink round sequins, to fill the shaker area. The shaker window was cut from clear package plastic (like that which cartridges come in).  I save the flat pieces of clear plastic and use them when I need a "window" added to a project.

If you have not been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog, you truly must go check out the cute Valentine heart projects that the design team created.  Also, as you are finishing up your Valentine projects this week, I invite you to link up with the challenge post and share your project with us.

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Embossed Poinsettias Card

Hello friends! Welcome to my Christmas project for The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge, every week, is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge.

My card for this week was created using the Altenew die and stamp set, Poinsettia and Pine. Using Versa ink, I stamped a poinsettia on red cardstock and heat embossed the image with gold embossing powder. Using the large poinsettia die, I cut out the image and add sequins to the center of the flower.

Continuing with the Versa ink and gold embossing powder, I stamped three poinsettias, pine branches, and berry stems on the white background layer. After heat embossing I used water color markers to color in the berries and flower centers.

I cut a rectangle in pale pink cardstock and mounted the poinsettia.  I used the Peace die and cut the word in gold metallic cardstock.  After laying the card elements, I finished the card by adding a few sequins around the main poinsettia.

Have you been by The Merry Christmas Challenge blog yet today? Janis and the design team have created very festive Christmas projects to share with you and to inspire your Christmas crafting. I hope that you will join us this week and create your own Christmas project.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Let's Flirt St. Valentine Card

Hello friends! Welcome to my project for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge. Emily, my totally sweet design team sister selected this week's challenge theme - Valentine's Anything Goes!  That means you can use any Cricut cut you would like to create a St. Valentine project to share with us at Bitten by the Bug 2.

I used one of the Cricut Make it Now projects for my card this week.  But being me, I had to make a couple of changes to the project (because I am all about customizing).  This Valentine uses two cartridges - Mickey Love at First Sight and Basic Shapes.  

The card actually exists on the Mickey Love At First Sight cartridge.  I took the card and added a lace effect to the edge of the white heart. I also changed some layer colors.

I really like the sentiment, Let's Flirt, and thought this would be a perfect Valentine card for my husband.  I think it is fun to flirt with my spouse, even after 36 years of marriage. We sometimes flirt on the computer by commenting on one another's posts, repeatedly with exchanges.  We had a back and forth going in comments one day when a friend popped in on the thread and asked if we were on two different computers in the same house while carrying on the exchange.  She laughed when we told her that indeed we were. 

Have you been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog today? The design team has created some adorable St. Valentine projects using their Cricut machines.  You should go take a look, then join us at BBTB2 with your Anything Goes Valentine project!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Wild About You Valentines

Hello friends! Welcome to my project for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge. My very talented design team sister, Caroline, has challenged us to create Valentine's for children this week. Her timing is perfect as this challenge got me moving on Valentine gifts for my daughter's second grade students.

These cute Valentine sucker covers are a "make it now" project in Design Space.  It utilizes two Cricut cartridges and one Cricut font:  Create A Critter 2, Ribbons and Rosettes, and Simple Celebrations font.

The lion face if from Create A Critter 2.  It is cut in three layers. 
The lion mane is a rosette from Ribbons and Rosettes.  I used a striped Valentine paper for the mane. The make it now project included the "Wild about you" phrase.  I added "Love, Mrs. Ross" to the opposite end of the tag so when it is folded the from line is on the back.

Doug went Target to look for heart shaped suckers for me.  I failed to mention that I need regular size suckers so imagine my surprise when he came home with large Sweetart suckers!  They are much larger than I planned, but they are QUITE yummy.  Doug did good!!

Have you been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut blog this week? The design team created a variety of cute Valentine's for children. I hope that you go by and check out the post, then join us in this week's challenge!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Snowy Ornaments

Hello friends! Welcome to my Christmas card project for The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge, every week, is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge.

Last year I used vintage images on most of my Christmas cards. This year I have a new plan; I plan to use die cuts on my Christmas cards. I shopped several after Christmas sales and have purchased over 20 new Christmas/Winter dies.  I am excited to learn to better use my dies and create the new cards.

Today's card was created using three dies: Memory Box 98211 Classic Ornament Die and 98146 Frostyville Border, and Impression Obsession (IO) DIE226-A Peace.

After cutting the ornament dies in smooth white cardstock, I traced the negative cutout onto red and white cardstock.  I heat embossed the two white ornament cutouts, one in gold and one in silver (though the silver looks light green in my photos as it is picking up color from the light green sequins). I layered the die cut ornaments with the solid backgrounds, and embellished them with sequins and gold bows. 

I cut the word Peace in white cardstock and heat embossed the word with silver embossing powder.  

I cut the Frostyville Border piece in smooth white cardstock cut the same size as the front of the card.  The card was created from a slightly different white cardstock, hoping to show the border cut more clearly.

After assembling the card, I added gold ornament sting and sequin star highlights.  

Have you been by The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog yet today?  The design team has created a variety of Christmas cards to inspire your Christmas card crafting.  I hope you will join us and create a Christmas card to share in the challenge.